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Posted by Ann Bennett on 5/11/2018

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Posted by Ann Bennett on 9/28/2017

Choosing a neighborhood is one of the most important aspects of the home search. Neighborhoods encompass the schools children will attend and the people you will interact with on a daily basis. Youíll truly never feel at home in a house if you donít love your neighborhood. To choose the right home, youíll need to do a little bit of ground work. You should figure out exactly what youíre looking for in a home and a neighborhood, and then research to find an area that suits your needs. There are certain things that you should keep in mind to research for the neighborhood with the perfect fit. Below are some things that you should consider when looking for the best neighborhood for you. Make A List Think about what you really want in a neighborhood. Then, categorize your desires. Put a column for whatís high priority, then use other columns for less pertinent things that youíre looking for in a neighborhood. If youíre unsure of what exactly to put on this list hereís some ideas: Cool For School Do you have children or are you planning to have children? Every parent knows that one of the most important things to look for in a neighborhood is the quality of the school system. Parks and community centers are also key things to live close to if you have children. Keep in mind that property values in areas with sought after school systems are higher. Home Style What type of home are you looking for? The type of neighborhood that you move to will depend upon the home style that youíre seeking. Single family homes, condos and apartments tend to stay in clusters. Keep this in mind when searching for a home. Whatís Your Commute Time? How far are you willing to commute to work? This can be a deal breaker in finding the perfect neighborhood. If you take mass transit to work or if you donít own a car, this can also be a huge area of concern for you in choosing the right neighborhood to purchase your home. What Do You Value? If you love coffee shops, then you may not want to live far from a city center. If you love the beach, donít pick a neighborhood that has you landlocked. Having access to the things you love and value has a lot to do with your own happiness in a neighborhood. When home searching, you should consider what your current neighborhood is lacking and see if you can find a place to fill that void. Visit the Neighborhood and Use Your Senses As you start on your research, check out the neighborhoods and get a feel for them. Get out of your car and walk around. Although it sounds strange, see how the neighborhood smells. Listen to the noise of the traffic nearby. Maybe youíll even sense the quiet! Take a look at how the homes in the neighborhood are designed and if you could actually see yourself living there. Do Some Digging Thereís plenty of ways that you can research neighborhoods from the comfort of your couch. You can always find crime statistics for certain cities online and even see school rankings throughout cities. Real estate agents in the area can also help provide you with the statistics that youíre looking for. Trust your gut when it comes to choosing a neighborhood. With a little intuition and some research, youíll be able to choose a place to live thatís perfect for you!





Posted by Ann Bennett on 9/21/2017

A house full of furniture isn't the only thing that makes a house seem too small. Young,energetic children make a house seem too small as well. And it doesn't take them long.

You don't have to be a single parent to feel s if it's impossible to get five minutes to yourself because your children are either always calling for you or right at your side. If you have two or more young children, feeling as if you never get much time to yourself may be compounded with competitiveness and fighting.

Spaces that make a house kid friendly

As much as you want your kids to get along, you're constantly refereeing and breaking up fights. You could move into a bigger house to give your children more space. You could also look for a house that has perfect spaces for children.

Amenities and spaces that children love are, most of all, durable. Children can climb in these areas without fear of injuring themselves. Among these great spaces are:

  • Finished basements with concealed wiring - Lack of sharp corners and securely covered wiring help to make a finished basement safe for children to play in. If the basement is carpeted, all the better. Another thing that makes a finished basement a great space for children is lack of metal or cement poles. Older houses were built with one or more cement poles in the basement. Without these poles, children can run and play without the risk of running into a large, solid object.
  • Open attic - Similar to a finished basement, a finished, open attic offers lots of open space for children to play in, especially if the attic covers the entire top area of your house. For safety, make sure that the attic is properly insulated. Also, check that the attic window is secure and that children won't be able to open the window.
  • Screened in porch - A front or back porch that's screened in offers shelter from weather elements, allowing children to play outside even if it's raining mildly. During hot weather, a screened in porch is a great place for young children to play in without being directly in the heat.
  • Backyard - You don't just want any backyard. Go for a house that has a backyard that's fenced in. Make sure that the fence is tall enough so that children can't climb it. Stay nearby while young children play outside. As you still want to keep a watchful eye on young children while they're outdoors, even if they're still in your yard.
  • Open floor living room - A living room with an open floor plan makes it easy for you to see your young children while they amuse themselves with games, reading or playing with friends or siblings.

A house that's designed with children friendly spaces can help you to relax. These homes offer more playing room and safety. Not only will your children enjoy playing in these spaces, you'll feel as if you have more freedom to do what you want while your children amuse and entertain themselves.




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Posted by Ann Bennett on 9/14/2017

As a senior citizen, selling a home and moving to a new location may prove to be difficult. Fortunately, we're here to help you take the guesswork out of packing up your belongings and getting settled into a new address.

Now, let's take a look at three essential moving tips for senior citizens.

1. Plan Ahead

Moving day can be long and stressful, particularly for seniors who don't plan ahead. If you start planning for your move today, you can increase the likelihood of a seamless transition from one address to another.

Think about your belongings and what you'd like to bring to your new address. If you have a wide assortment of items that you won't need at your new home, you can sell, donate or dispose of these items prior to moving day.

Also, if you need to hire a moving company, don't wait until the last minute to do so. Because the longer that you wait to hire a moving company, the less likely it becomes that this company will be available on the date of your move.

2. Secure Your Treasured Belongings

Although you've collected a large assortment of items over the years, you may be unable to bring all of these items to your new address. However, if you sort through your belongings, you can determine which items to keep.

Treasured belongings like antiques, artwork and jewelry generally are keepers. Pack and store these items properly to ensure they won't deteriorate before moving day.

Let's not forget about treasured belongings that have sentimental value, either. Photographs and other treasured possessions should be packed in a safe place and labeled correctly. That way, you'll have no trouble unpacking these precious belongings once you arrive at your new address.

3. Ask Friends and Family Members for Help

When it comes to getting ready for moving day, there is no need to work alone. Senior citizens who reach out to friends and family members for help can streamline the process of preparing for a move and enjoy a one-of-a-kind moving experience.

Friends and family members are loved ones who strive to help you in any way they can. Thus, if you contact friends and family members before moving day, you can work with loved ones to boost the chances of a fast, easy move.

Lastly, if you need extra assistance before you relocate, it never hurts to contact a real estate agent. This housing market professional understands the challenges associated with moving and is happy to help any senior citizen enjoy a stress-free move.

A real estate agent can put you in touch with local moving professionals. Plus, if you need help selling a house, a real estate agent can make it easy to list your residence, host home showings and much more.

Keep things simple as you get ready to move Ė use the aforementioned moving tips, and any senior can quickly and effortlessly prep for moving day.





Posted by Ann Bennett on 9/7/2017

When youíre searching for a house, the location is often key. Maybe you have found homes in your desired city or town. Yet, all homes are not created equal. Locations arenít created equal either. Thereís advantages and disadvantages to the type of street that a home is on. If youíre on a main road, you may have more accessibility to what you need, but traffic noise could be a negative aspect of this living situation. Living on a cul-de-sac gives you the best of both worlds. You can be in your desired location, but also enjoy some peace and quiet. Your kids will even have a fairly safe space to play on without worry on your part about traffic conditions. Hereís some of the best reasons to find a property on a cul-de-sac:


Thereís No Through Traffic


No one will be using your street as a shortcut for anything, since itís a dead end! This provides a safety net for you as youíll know the types of vehicles that should be on the street at any given time. Neighbors can be mindful if they happen to see strange people or vehicles lingering in the neighborhood. This allows streets with dead ends to have lower crime rates. Everyone is more alert, because thereís generally so little happening on the street that any activity is noticeable. Criminals also tend to shy away from these types of neighborhoods due to the fact that people are much more aware.  


Itís Better For Children


You always need to watch your children and teach them basic safety rules. Living on a cul-de-sac may actually help relieve a bit of the burden in allowing your children to play more freely. Cars that are traveling down the street wonít be doing so as fast. Your children will be visible right form your home as well.  


Also, since everyone lives so close together and basically in a visible range of one another itís easier to develop neighborhood friendships. Children will be able to play with other kids their own age and have a common meeting spot- at the end of the street! Even as a parent, youíll have a better opportunity to get to know other parents and meet up with those in the neighborhood. Thereís just something about living on a dead-end street that allows for a more tight-knit community.


Home Values Rise


All of the positive things that we have emphasized here about living on a cul-de-sac are part of the reason these properties keep their high values. With better curb appeal, more safety, and a strong sense of a community, itís hard to pass up a chance to live on a cul-de-sac.




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